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The Fight for Gender Equality and Peace in South Korea Following Presidential Election

March 2022

Activists in South Korea are standing strong in their push for peace and gender equality following the recent election of conservative People Power Party leader Yoon Suk-yeol as President of South Korea.   “Leading up to the election I thought he might win. I was still shocked and now reality…

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International Day of Peace 2021: It’s Time to End the Korean War

September 2021

WILPF Statement for International Day of Peace 2021 Read the statement in French, Spanish, or Arabic.  On this International Day of Peace, and in the face of our current chaos, we must not forget to address the war that the international community has long abandoned – a war that…

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Time to End the Seven-Decade-Long Korean War

July 2020

27 July marks the 67th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement. Even as we commemorate the anniversary of the ceasefire, the possibility of renewed tension marks inter-Korean relations, and the DPRK-US negotiation has been at a standstill due to Washington’s policy of maximum pressure. Tensions…

Korean Peninsula

May 2019

Korea Peace in the Koreas At the end of the Second World War, Korea was liberated from 35 years of colonial rule with the defeat of Japan. But liberation did not bring peace.  Three years later, when negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union failed to establish…

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#KoreaPeaceNow!: Join Our New Campaign for Peace in the Korean Peninsula

March 2019

Following on the heels of the failed U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi, WILPF together with partners is officially launching our new global campaign: “Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War”. With this campaign, we will push for a final settlement of the Korean War. The Korean War…

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Women Cross DMZ Congratulate North and South Korean Peace Efforts

May 2018

Women Cross DMZ, a women’s peace organisation and WILPF partner programme working for peace in Korea, has released a congratulatory statement following the 2018 historic Inter-Korean Summit. The summit was held on April 27 in a joint security zone between North and South Korea, and served as a major…

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#WomenPeaceKorea – Women Must Be At The Peace Table To Resolve Conflicts

January 2018

Research shows that of 182 signed peace accords, an agreement was reached when women’s groups influenced the peace process in ALL but one case. Women must be at the peace table to resolve conflicts! That is why today, WILPF International President, Kozue Akibayashi, will join a coalition of distinguished…

Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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